Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-449-1349

Stephen Ezell is vice president, global innovation policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues.

He is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

Recent Publications

May 18, 2020

The health of U.S. manufacturing cannot be taken for granted, especially in the face of ever-more-intense international competition and the rapid pace of technological change.

May 15, 2020

The global community will only be able to overcome the coronavirus pandemic through intense collaboration, turbocharged innovation, and open trade, uninhibited by artificial barriers or restrictions—particularly when comes to medical supplies and research data.

April 23, 2020

Recognizing the central catalytic role that intellectual property rights play in fostering knowledge-driven innovation, select members of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA), a global network of 36 independent think tanks supporting global trade liberalization and integration, released a statement affirming the crucial importance that IP has in our global economy.

April 18, 2020

With two-thirds of the world in lockdown and no clear way out of the novel coronavirus crisis, it’s increasingly obvious that biopharmaceutical innovation will play a pivotal role.

April 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed gaps in society’s digital readiness for social distancing. If policymakers seize the opportunity to address these gaps, they can make it easier to manage the next pandemic while providing significant long-term social and economic benefits.

April 3, 2020

As the urgency of finding a treatment and vaccine for the coronavirus accelerates, dozens of American biomedical companies, startups and universities are rushing to develop COVID-19 therapeutics. There’s a good chance the Bayh-Dole Act will play a critical behind-the-scenes role in facilitating these efforts.

March 30, 2020

Dozens of American drug companies and universities are rushing to create COVID-19 therapeutics—and they are better positioned to succeed than their counterparts anywhere else in the world.

February 5, 2020

Delinking the cost of R&D from the final prices of medicines and making governments the funders and planners of drug development would be rife with problems.

February 3, 2020

Separating the cost of biopharmaceutical research and development from the final market price of medicines would misalign incentives, raise bureaucratic costs, and limit innovation.

January 16, 2020

Over the past year, key U.S. allies South Korea and Japan have been embroiled in a political and trade dispute which has many antecedents in the past, but which has been exacerbated by more recent developments. While certainly concerning, the trade dispute in some ways has presented an opportunity for the United States to assert renewed diplomatic engagement in the region.

December 23, 2019

Brazilian economic growth has been faltering steadily for years, from an average growth rate of 4.5% from 2006 to 2010, to 2.1% from 2011, to just 1.1% in 2017 and 2018. To say that Brazil’s economy needs a short in the arm is an understatement.

November 18, 2019

The Global Mercantilist Index, ranking 60 nations on 18 variables ranging from market access and forced localization to currency manipulation and intellectual property protections, finds that China is the world’s most innovation-mercantilist nation.

Recent Events and Presentations

May 22, 2020

Stephen Ezell presented to the International Republican Institute of Serbia on economic policy responses countries should make to the coming COVID-19 recessions and how they can do so while positioning themselves for long-term innovation and future prosperity.

April 23, 2020

ITIF and the Bayh-Dole 40 Coalition hosted a video webinar delving into the critical role that partnerships between industry, academia, and federal labs will play in combating COVID-19, how these partnerships work, what risks they entail, why patents and licenses are so important in overcoming the risks inherent in developing drugs and vaccines, and how the Bayh-Dole Act enables the process for the benefit of people in the United States and around the world.

February 6, 2020

Stephen Ezell presented about intellectual property’s impact on global health and life-sciences innovation at a Georgetown University course on Globalization and Public Health.

January 14, 2020

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion featuring European Commission, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, Signe Ratso, on the thinking and inspiration behind the European Innovation Council, how it will work in practice, and how it is expected to change the face of European innovation over the next decade.

December 11, 2019

On December 11, Stephen Ezell presented findings from an ITIF/MAPI report about how artificial intelligence is transforming the future of manufacturing and the manufacturing workforce.

November 7, 2019

Speaking at the 2019 World Intellectual Property Forum in Taiwan, Stephen Ezell outlined a series of recommendations for policymakers to chart a path forward for intellectual property rights.

October 25, 2019

Stephen Ezell presented about globalization trends and what Europe must do to turbocharge its digital economy at an event hosted by the Spanish think tank Cercle d’ Economia on October 25, 2019.

October 22, 2019

Stephen Ezell presented about digital trade’s vital importance to Pacific economies at the Chinese Taipei Pacific Economic Cooperation Community’s 34th Annual Summit in Taipei on October 22, 2019.

October 17, 2019

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation to KIA-KIET on October 16, 2019 addressing how recently introduced Japanese controls on certain product exports to Korea will affect the global semiconductor industry supply chain.

October 3, 2019

Stephen Ezell presented to the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) annual conference on how digitalization is transforming modern manufacturing and what policies are needed to support it.

September 18, 2019

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation about how artificial intelligence will impact the future of manufacturing and the manufacturing workforce at the MAPI annual conference in Chicago, Illinois.

September 12, 2019

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation examining why quantum computing leadership matters for nations, assessing which nations are leading in developing intellectual property in quantum information sciences, and explaining what types of policies countries need to implement in their quest for quantum computing leadership.